Many of the farmers came up to Ernest when service was over, and shook hands with him. He found everyone knew of his having come into a fortune. The fact was that Theobald had immediately told two or three of the greatest gossips in the village, and the story was not long in spreading. 鈥淚t simplified matters,鈥?he had said to himself, 鈥渁 good deal.鈥?Ernest was civil to Mrs. Goodhew for her husband鈥檚 sake, but he gave Miss Wright the cut direct, for he knew that she was only Charlotte in disguise. 鈥淎 rose does not seem to me particularly barbarous. But who do you give it to?鈥? 鈥淲hy not? Am I not a man? Haven鈥檛 I lived my life? Haven鈥檛 I had my share of its joys and sorrows? Why should it surprise you that I have a daughter?鈥? 财神爷北京pk10官网 鈥淚 don鈥檛 see what our friend Bigourdin has to do with it.鈥? But, as I have said, I thought my godson had now seen as much of the under currents of life as was likely to be of use to him, and that it was time he began to live in a style more suitable to his prospects. His aunt had wished him to kiss the soil, and he had kissed it with a vengeance; but I did not like the notion of his coming suddenly from the position of a small shopkeeper to that of a man with an income of between three and four thousand a year. Too sudden a jump from bad fortune to good is just as dangerous as one from good to bad; besides, poverty is very wearing; it is a quasi-embryonic condition, through which a man had better pass if he is to hold his later developments securely, but like measles or scarlet fever he had better have it mildly and get it over early. When the bell had been answered, Theobald desired that John should be sent for, and when John came Theobald calculated the wages due to him and desired him at once to leave the house. 鈥淢adame, we have obeyed our parents. I leave you with regret, but I cannot conceal from you that for a long time I have been devoted to another woman. I cannot live without her, and I am going back to her.鈥? She was received with delight at her house in the rue du Gros-Chenet, by M. Le Brun, her brother, her sister-in-law, and their only child, the niece who was to fill her daughter鈥檚 place. The house was beautifully furnished and filled with flowers, and that same evening a grand concert in her honour was given in the large salon of a house in a garden adjoining, which also belonged to M. Le Brun, who told her that he had during the  Revolution, when the churches were closed, lent this salon to celebrate mass. She now painted the whole day except when on Sundays she received in her studio the numbers of people, from the Imperial family downwards, who came to see her portraits; to which she had added a new and great attraction, for she had caused to be sent from Paris her great picture of Marie Antoinette in a blue velvet dress, which excited the deepest interest. The Prince de Cond茅, when he came to see it, could not speak, but looked at it and burst into tears. October 21st, 1852.